|Founder||Akkineni Nageswara Rao.|
|Website||Annapurna Studios Pvt Ltd
Annapurna International School of Film & Media
Annapurna Studios (Telugu: అన్నపూర్ణ స్టూడియోస్) is a production and distribution company established in 1975 by the late Telugu actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni. This studio was named after his wife 'Annapurna Akkineni'. Based in Hyderabad, it mainly produces and distributes Telugu films and also provides various production facilities, including sound stages for set construction, outdoor sets, editing, dubbing and Digital Intermediate suites. ANR's son, actor Nagarjuna Akkineni serves as a chairman after his dad's death.
The non-profit Annapurna International School of Film and Media is also situated in the premises of Annapurna Studios.
Actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni always wished to move the Telugu film industry from Madras to Hyderabad (now in Telangana) as this is where its audience predominantly was. With the support of the government, he started the studio primarily to encourage this migration. The studio was inaugurated by the then President of India Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed on 14 January, 1976.
Studio floors and backlots
The first Studio floor at Annapurna was built in 1976 and spans an area of 11,000 sq ft. The second studio was built in 1978 and was dedicated to the workers who had made the construction of the studio possible. This was followed by the construction of two more studios spanning 10,000 sft each and several outdoor locations, including a Manduva house (village house), police station, hospital, the Manam house, and several other landscaped areas which were commonly used in many films and television shoots.
In 2011, Annapurna Studios invested in building five new air-conditioned floors wherein the biggest floor spans an area of 14800 sq ft. This new facility features plush green rooms for artists & technicians, in-house 1520 KV generator capacity, catwalk grids for easy light settings, cyclorama/bluemat for special effects and inbuilt fire-fighting and detection systems. It also includes a 3000 sft space for dance rehearsals, photo-shoots and press-meets.
Within the first few months this new facility had catered to over 35–40 prominent Tollywood productions including Naayak, Gabbar Singh, Mirchi, Dammu, Julayi, Shadow, Baadshah, Greeku Veerudu and Iddarammayilatho. It also played host to TV Commercial shoots for Malabar Gold, Mahindra Tractor, Joy Allukas, Jos Allukas, Kalyan Jewellers. Shooting of 3D & Reality Show projects is in the pipeline.
Annapurna studios is considered an auspicious place for film launches. With new state-of-the art AC facilities, Annapurna has transformed into not only a film but a cross media entertainment centre used for audio launches, Television awards & corporate events as well. It is also the venue partner for the Hyderabad Metro Rail Brand Ambassadors Campaign.
In 2011, Annapurna Studios expanded its post-production facilities by adding two new Digital intermediate and edit suites. The DI suites house the state-of-the-art Baselight 4.3 DI System and India’s first Mistika 4K DI System. The DI Team has done extensive work on S. S. Rajamouli's blockbusters 'Eega' and Baahubali. It has also worked on Oosaravelli, Shirdi Sai, Rajanna, Routine Love Story among several others projects. Further support services include editing, dubbing, scanning and film recording.
|Television Show||Genre||Channel||Telecast Status||Notes|
|Mudda Mandaram||Drama||Zee Telugu||Mon-Fri 7:30 pm|
|Pasupu Kunkuma||Drama||Zee Telugu||Completed||Nandi Television Award 2011|
|Pelli Pandiri||Drama||Maa TV||Completed|
|Theenmar||Dance Show||Zee Telugu||Completed|
|Sasirekha Parinayam||Drama||Maa TV||Completed|
|Puttinti Pattucheera||Drama||Maa TV||Completed|
Annapurna international school of film + media
It is also the only film school in India with government-accredited bachelor's, master's and MBA courses in film related subjects. It is also one of the only schools that is situated within the premises of a leading Film Studio and hence serves as a practical learning centre for the students.
The school was launched in August 2011 by Actor & Chairman of Annapurna Studios, Dr. Nageswara Rao Akkineni and the Akkineni family with the intention of giving back to the community through their knowledge and experience in the field.
Many members from across the Indian film industry extended their support towards this non-profit film education. The advisory board includes Shabana Azmi, Mahesh Bhatt, Farah Khan, Karan Johar, Javed Akhtar, Kamal Hassan, Tabu, Anurag Kashyap, Mani Ratnam, Gautham Menon, S. S. Rajamouli, Deva Katta and Krish.
Akkineni award gallery
The Akkineni Award Gallery houses the numerous awards that were received by the Chairman of Annapurna Studios, Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao. His list of awards include the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for his contribution to Indian Cinema, Padmavibhushan, Padmabhushan and Padmashree awards. The Gallery houses hundreds of mementos and artwork given by state-level, national and international organisations as a token of appreciation for his immense contribution to the world of cinema.
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